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Hey there community,

I have recently finished up a video project for a local builder. This footage is shown to potential buyers of the new residences being built, as well as, the local town. Using the DJI Phantom 3, it is hard to create smooth transitions while sweeping (and without using built in features) however with more practice, Ill be able to dial those errors in. 

 

Criticism is appreciated! Thanks, and enjoy.  

https://youtu.be/j_tkI2BfwDo

- Wash

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29 minutes ago, Marcel Graham said:

That was great. Excellent music.Is the plan to do a new one with each phase?

If so that's brilliant. More money.

Thanks Marcel. That is exactly the plan. Luckily, I hopped on this project because my full time job lead me to this builder who was in need of a pilot/videographer. So this video was a portfolio build and proving my worth to capture the final phases (or finished build) to then charge appropriately. 

By the time the project is finished. I plan on getting the inspire 2 (fingers crossed there are less issues than the mavic). And working with other videographers to create the two man operation. This way the the shots will be a lot smoother. 

My question is, what are the appropriate rates? I do work with a production team as well, however, I want a sure way to justify pricing when selling myself and my crew. This is my first few time getting into videography, photography charges much differently of course.

Any thoughts? 

 

- Wash

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On 11/5/2016 at 8:43 PM, Washington said:

My question is, what are the appropriate rates? I do work with a production team as well, however, I want a sure way to justify pricing when selling myself and my crew. This is my first few time getting into videography, photography charges much differently of course.

 

That is the ultimate question isn't it? What is the going rate in the area? Have you Price Checked other areas? I see a lot of places in Illinois that state OVER 30 PROFESSIONAL SHOTS FOR ONLY 249.00 FULL RIGHTS!

Package deals seem to work fine but you need to see how much you are going to work on a project.

For Example: I may charge 20.00 for a Gutter inspection. Usually it's 5 photos in the area I live, it takes about 10 minutes, I would drop it to a flash drive or to my IPAD and show them right there. Usually you can get 2 or three houses in a row to buy in and you can make 60 or 80 bucks in a single 20 minute flight.

I do it for myself and my neighbors for free. They love it. They throw a ladder up in one the one spot that had leaves and scoop it out, No need to go up on the roof or go all around on a ladder. Never underestimate laziness, That is priceless.

The reason this is so hard is because of the usage, you retain the rights to any photo you take. You may price differently for a photo or video that is going to be used once than you would if it was going to be used for a national commercial over and over again. 

What if the business you shoot uses the picture for their catalog for the next 20 years. Did you only charge them 50 bucks for it. 

Also, If you are getting a photographer with the inspire 2, I believe you need to remember, that the operator of the camera retains the rights to the photos and not the owner of the Inspire. Watch the Seminar that Alan had with the lawyer (If you haven't already) it spells it out nicely.

In the end, what is your time worth.   

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Good Morning from NM.  Technical qualities and composition are good, this is a saleable video!  You did mention that "transitions" needed improvement. Personal Observation: Abrupt transitions were obvious but having said that, you used zoom type effect by moving the platform in and out from the subject.  Do you have an application that would allow "melt," "fold," or "blend," transitions in post editing?  The soundtrack was a nice touch, it added to the positive impact of your video.  Well Done!

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On 11/4/2016 at 9:44 PM, Washington said:

Hey there community,

I have recently finished up a video project for a local builder. This footage is shown to potential buyers of the new residences being built, as well as, the local town. Using the DJI Phantom 3, it is hard to create smooth transitions while sweeping (and without using built in features) however with more practice, Ill be able to dial those errors in. 

 

Criticism is appreciated! Thanks, and enjoy.  

https://youtu.be/j_tkI2BfwDo

- Wash

Pretty good ! Gave you a ?!!! How did you charger? If you don't mind sharing ? email me if you like: Tony180productions@outlook.com 

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On November 8, 2016 at 11:07 PM, Marcel Graham said:

Also, If you are getting a photographer with the inspire 2, I believe you need to remember, that the operator of the camera retains the rights to the photos and not the owner of the Inspire. Watch the Seminar that Alan had with the lawyer (If you haven't already) it spells it out nicely.

In the end, what is your time worth.   

Marcel, all very true. Usage rights always comes into play, and a lot of people do get ripped off. For a recent shoot I did with a builder (ground photography) we did not speak in detail about usage rights. Im in a sense screwing myself however gaining exposure, at this point for me it is fair. 

Thats great that you are able to go ahead and do that, I admit I didn't even think about doing something so simple like that. Do you end up charging travel expense or just 20 flat? do you make out decently doing this? 

This statement (above) was one of the most lines Ive had in a while. I looked right over looking the rights to the photos/footage we capture. Granted it is a team project, if things go south I don't own the rights. Is there a way to "split" rights (for lack of knowledge). Yes I will end up watching the seminar Alan posted.

 

Thanks for this! Always a big help!

-Wash

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On November 8, 2016 at 11:20 AM, MaxRoadster said:

Good Morning from NM.  Technical qualities and composition are good, this is a saleable video!  You did mention that "transitions" needed improvement. Personal Observation: Abrupt transitions were obvious but having said that, you used zoom type effect by moving the platform in and out from the subject.  Do you have an application that would allow "melt," "fold," or "blend," transitions in post editing?  The soundtrack was a nice touch, it added to the positive impact of your video.  Well Done!

I am a novice in editing, however I did start using Final Cut Pro X, which is where this video was created. So I will be learning more in the future! Thanks for compliments!

-Wash

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40 minutes ago, Tony Rushing said:

Pretty good ! Gave you a ?!!! How did you charger? If you don't mind sharing ? email me if you like: Tony180productions@outlook.com 

Thanks Tony! [Sadly] I did not charge for this shoot, this is a project that has multiple phases.  And I just realized there was a photographer and drone operator already doing the project with a real estate agency :o Talk about trying to take out the competition. However, I know one of the main builders on the project, so I was able to get in. My hope is to get in and charge for the complete phase and create a package deal to take aerial photos/footage and ground photography of the project.  Otherwise this work is all part of the portfolio and demo reel. This way in upcoming spring Ill have something to pitch to future clients and promote my work.

-Wash

view my website at www.kwphotography.co (NOT .com)

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Looks like they have really moved along with the construction there.  The building in framing hadn't even broken ground when I was there.  Actually, the driveway was not even in place yet.  Great job with the video Kirt, it looks amazing.

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